No one needs to point out that in our materialistic, commercialized culture, the real meaning of Christmas will get shoved aside if we aren’t careful. Here are a few ideas for keeping our children’s focus on Jesus this Christmas.
1. Count down to Christmas with a Christ-honoring advent calendar.
There are many available to buy. Predictably late, I am just getting to this. I’m making a simple countdown–numbered envelopes clipped to a ribbon. Inside each envelope are advent coloring pages for each child, one of the names of Jesus written on a card, and a scripture.
2. Put up a nativity scene.
I received this one as a gift years ago and it’s my favorite.
It’s too fragile for little people though. I think the Fisher Price nativity set is so sweet.
If you aren’t into plastic, here is a nice kid-friendly wooden set. (Unfortunately sold out.)
3. Keep picture books that tell the Christmas story in an accessible place
–a basket in the living room, a low book shelf, or on your child’s night stand. You can even put a Baby Jesus board book in the play yard for littlest ones. I love this one (some available for ONLY A PENNY at Amazon!).
4. Teach your children Christmas carols about the birth of Christ.
I love Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart.
Bottom line, I think our children absorb our attitudes about Christmas. If they see us frenzied, stressed and obsessed with buying and all the external trappings of Christmas, they will subscribe to the idea that that’s what Christmas is about. If our hearts are Christ-focused, it’s more likely that theirs will be also.